Befriend is a Perth-based social enterprise sparking connected, thriving communities. We’re currently looking for a new colleague to join our Consulting Team in Perth!


About Befriend

Since its launch ten years ago, Befriend has grown to become a powerful change agent in the space of relationships and inclusion. Our grassroots community development initiatives have sparked 10,000 West Australians to take action to nurture community connection, and our work in partnership with citizens, community organisations, researchers and government is changing the conversation around loneliness, isolation and social exclusion. We’re continuing to develop our capability to contribute towards systemic change.


About the Team

We are a small but mighty team, working in a fairly flat organisational structure, trusting and supporting each other to work autonomously and make informed decisions. We are avid learners, experimenters, collaborators and do-ers. We aspire to develop Befriend as a radically-inclusive, participatory organisation that values the contributions of all, and acts with intention to create spaces for autonomy, connection, growth and fun!


Position Purpose

The rise of individualised community services has the potential to support the development of natural friendships and relationships in the lives of many people with disability, people with mental ill-health and older adults. But it won’t happen without intention. Our work with community service organisations is helping to spark a shift from ‘paid companionship’ to community connecting, through strategic change initiatives, service design and workforce development. We have seen firsthand that these organisations can develop to become powerful enablers of community contribution and connection. The purpose of this position is to help our organisational partners and their people discover more impactful ways to think and act in order for people to develop enriching relationships, contribute to their community and thrive. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Host learning & development experiences – Design and host sessions for community staff that develop thinking & practice approaches through reflection, discernment and discovery

  • Consult on service models and practice approaches – Collaborate with key partners and others from our team, supporting the thinking and designing processes for developing service models and staff practices to improve relationship & inclusion outcomes

  • Nurture relationships – Develop and maintain strong, mutually-beneficial working relationships with key partner organisations to further our shared purpose


We expect this will involve: 

  • Developing discovery experiences – Developing processes for people to gain their own unique insights that lead them towards more impactful ways of engaging

  • Insight through reflection – Guiding individuals and groups through reflective processes that unlock new perspectives and discernment of new ways forward

  • Change through experimentation – Supporting people to develop and experiment with new approaches and processes that they can integrate to transform their work

These types of experiences may take place in the context of learning & development workshops, small-group development sessions or 1:1 consultation

The person who we’re looking for is…

  • Someone who loves working with people on their personal & professional development, and has some deep experience in doing this

  • Curious, a deep listener who seeks to understand

  • Hopeful and inherently optimistic, always seeing the possibility and potential

  • Mindful, helping people slow down, develop awareness and engage more deeply and creatively

  • Open-minded and open-hearted

  • Continually learning, developing and growing as a whole human

  • Comfortable with change and can work across contexts

  • Someone who puts relationships at the heart of their work and life

  • A skilful, inclusive facilitator of thoughtful 1:1 sessions and group discussions 

  • Able to self-manage and work autonomously, including the ability to manage work on multiple projects concurrently

  • Prior experience in the community sector is not essential

We know that you’re your own unique person. We’re not looking to tick boxes or define you against some strict criteria. If many of these statements resonate with who you are and who you might hope to develop yourself to be, we want to hear from you.


Position details

  • Part-time position (0.8 FTE), fixed-term contract to December 2021 with the intention to extend. We are open to discussing flexible options regarding a reduced FTE.

  • Salary $82,400 pro rata plus superannuation

  • Generous salary packaging benefits

  • Bonus Christmas leave period on top of your annual leave entitlements

  • Work where you want, when you want, how you want. You do you.


Sound like you?

  • Apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

  • In your cover letter, we expect to learn more about you; what it is about this work that speaks to who you are as a person and the kinds of contributions you want to make to the world around you, and what gifts, strengths, capabilities and experience you hope to bring to our team.


Key dates

  • Applications close 11:59pm on 7th March 2021


We know that strength comes with diversity, and welcome all unique applicants from all backgrounds. For questions about this role, contact Nick on 0421 061 042 or at Enable JavaScript to view protected content.